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Old 01-02-2018, 05:50 PM
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Battery light

I bought a new alternator for my car and it worked fine for three weeks, then one day my battery light came on and when I checked it, the plug fell out, so I plugged it back in. My battery light will come on, then go away after a few seconds, and then come back on and flash. for a while while when it came on if I hit 4 grand it would go off and wouldn't come on for a while. Now with it being colder out the light wont go away and my car wont start unless I give it a big shot of gas and rev it up a few times. I have to let it idle for about 20 minutes before the light goes away and when I start driving it comes on and flickers really fast and and causes all my lights to do the same and it makes my car run like trash. It's really odd and Ive never experienced an issue like this.
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Re: Battery light

Take your car to an auto parts store (NAPA, OReilley's, Auto Zone etc...) and ask them if they will test your charging system. They should have a hand-held device they can hook up to the car to test it. There is normally no charge for this service, since they figure they'll be selling you anything that you need to replace. Of course, there is no requirement that you buy from them, but it's good to develop a good relationship with your local auto parts store when you own old cars like we do. You'll want to verify ahead of time that there will be no charge though. I haven't ever heard of a store charging for this but you never know.
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Re: Battery light

Take a look at the grounds and the positive cable going to alt, make sure it is tight. Grounds could be corroded.
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Re: Battery light

The alternator plug on these can be finicky. There is a plastic/rubberized cover that snaps into place to keep it weather resistant. But it also helps keep the plug firmly fastened to the alternator.
It has a little "ear" that many times is the only problem. If that little ear is not properly wrapped around the screws on the wires to alternator it vibrates just enough to trip your battery light. Very common issue.

Sometimes the ear will not fasten for various reasons. In that case a slight bend of some of the male half pins in the plug will keep things nice n snug. Say one at each corner.

I had one the seller sold because of the insestant battery light. 3 alternators later he said "ENOUGH" and sold it to me. The ear cover fix worked for a while but in time the ear tore. I bent a pair of pins just a wee bit and a year later when I sold the car the battery light issue had not returned.
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